Alex Rosenblatt

Alex Rosenblatt

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Alex can be a one-man Dispatch, a Damien Rice, and everything in between. A versitile musician, an emotional songwriter, a powerful performer. Great ice-breaker at parties.

Biography

“People don’t give Maine enough credit,” says Alex. “Just because there’s nothing to do doesn’t mean we’re all really good at cow-tipping. Some people spend their spare time doing productive stuff too.” In Alex’s case, the “productive stuff” was playing music. Studying a variety of instruments and playing in countless bands since he was just a little tyke, Alex’s musical background has helped to create a versatile musician, an emotional songwriter, and a powerful performer.

Who are his influences? “I hate that question. Once you say one name, you have to give more names so that people don’t get the wrong impression until finally, you end up with a meaningless jumble of artists. But let’s do it anyway: in no particular order, Dispatch, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Ben Folds, David Grey, John Mayer... Let’s stop there.”

So what is Alex doing now? In between classes at Northeastern University in Boston, this 21-year-old is driving his tiny blue pickup truck to schools around the northeast as the college audience discovers his music. “I still do bars now and again, but I really prefer to play colleges. After all, I’m a college kid. Those audiences seem to listen a little bit better. When you put as much time into songwriting as I do, especially lyrics, a good audience becomes important.”

Alex just finished recording the latest installment of his soon-to-be full length album. “It’s a great system: record a few tracks, call it a ‘Sampler.’ Record a few more, it’s an ‘EP,’ and so on. I am currently at EP.” The tracks ranges from driving, full band rock and roll (We Can Say), to intimate piano ballad (Upstairs), to naked acoustic guitar and vocals (Murdering Me). “I am starting to have a fairly good representation of the range of music I play.”

Out of the studio and on the stage, Alex’s talent as a performer can be seen from another angle. Using guitars, piano, vocals, and a number of effects pedals, Alex creates a full, driving sound that captures audiences. “There is a balancing act that you have to do on stage. You don’t want to be just another singer/songwriter, and that can be hard when you’re standing up there, just you and a guitar. But that's the challenge that makes this job so amazing. It keeps you on your toes emotionally, mentally, and musically. That's what really connects the performer to the audience, and that connection is why I do what I do.” -long pause- “Sorry, I got cheesy there for a minute. You know you should probably just tell them to come see for themselves.”

So there you have it, you’ll have to come see for yourselves. And he shouldn’t be too difficult to find: his first appearance at a NACA conference led to the very successful “Spring ‘06 Northeast Mini-Tour.” Plans are already in the works for another round of shows next semester. So keep an eye out for Alex Rosenblatt. This up-and-comer has a lot to offer, and is going to be hard to miss.

Lyrics

Left By Now

Written By: Alex Rosenblatt

Come find out just how these ever changing points of view
From every different part of you and i could mix so well
How to tell the difference between these shades of grey
When you can't lay them side by side to compare
You'd have left by now
I've lost count of the times you've miss used these missed you's
To keep things right or wrong right or wrong
If you woke up now from these dreams and dillusions
And all this confusion of reality and tv i think you'd die
And i've made my point by quietly leaving but no one has noticed at all
I think it's about time i let go
I could cut my losses but it would mean a lot more if it seemed like a loss to you
I'm lost to you
You'd have left by now
Keep in mind that as a child you were chasing butterflies
Now you're standing with a cup against the window with a fly inside
Doesn't look like such a change from the outside but you're not quite right anymore
You'd have left by now
But i'd still be here becuase i know what i'm to do
I know what i'm to do i'm not supposed to be like you
Not supposed to be like you supposed to mean the things i say and do
Mean the things i say and do i would stay if i said i was going to
That's the difference it will always be the difference

We Can Say

Written By: Alex Rosenblatt

someone has to answer now
for all these years
that i've spent not growing up
until today
am i the only one
who came here to learn
but in the end it hurts me most
when you wake up feeling old
who really cares about the words
writing is one thing
but caring is worse

finally there's something to lose
not used to that
what i mean to say is
i've been missing you
and things are looking up
for the first time
oh so this is how it feels
no wonder everyone is here
but now the buzz is wearing off
and kills me 'cause once

i didn't know i was chained here by words i still can't find
does nothing rhyme with silence
or maybe that's the rhyme
since we're here to stay
we might as well do something right
and we can say

for everything that's happening now consider this
for every sacrifice that's made
we still obey
and i bet she's much more comfortable than i am here
taking notes and writing words
writing notes just takes my words
you're stuck in your ways
you're probably right
stuck in mine you'd die tonight
let you live your alibies
and kill me 'cause once

i didnt know i was chained here by words i still can't find
and nothing rhymes with silence
or maybe that's the rhyme
since we're here to stay we
might as well do something right
and we can say
that i can feel the heat from here
and something draws us closer
to dying every year
but still i can't remember why you make me shake this way
but we can say

Hold On

Written By: Alex Rosenblatt

spending time on things to say to melt you
but silence lined in lines is all i have
and improvising ways to tiptoe one to two
never worked when she looked back
finding out what i mean
i meant it when i said please
better off in control but i'm there at best

looking back i'm careful not to slip though
i have learned from every book she's read
and picnic blankets always work as sails too
depending on the weather in her head
tell me how you're stone cold
that's bullshit i've seen you glow
better off in control but
i'm there at best

hold on tight love
no such thing as compromise
i'll be alright,
i need to let you sink in

Upstairs

Written By: Alex Rosenblatt

she walks in circles 'round his head
never thinks to take her shoes off
and creaking floors of olden days
and picture frames
is all that he can hear sometimes at night
and all i want to know is how you are

she perferates his thoughts and rips them off
a nice clean tear it's hard to tell she's even there
it's not until she has them in her hand
and is folding them into paper cranes and aeroplanes
that he sees how far he's come
since i didn't say goodbye

if i had only known i might have spent some time at home
if i had only known i can't hide

he wonders if he's there
he wonders if she's learned to ignore the noise upstairs
he kind of hopes he's stomping loud and hard
so she knows the pain he's feeling now
he's feeling how alone we really are
maybe he's man enough now
to sneak out without a sound

he can only call her now
in the middle of the night
when he can't find his way home
when he knows he just can't hide
from the truth that he must face
that a voice is all he has
keeping all his thoughts from bursting into flame
and paper cranes and aeroplanes
can carry him up and away
saving grace she shapes his thoughts these days
i just wanted to know how you are

For Spite

Written By: Alex Rosenblatt

change comes quickly if it ever comes
did you miss me or was that enough
she's tipsy but i like her best that way
wonderful acting so surprised
living in a world of pink and white and
is it wrong i want success for spite

if a look over the shoulder is enough to hold me over
don't hold it over me if i could hold her between the
she's the one reminded me that encores end eventually
sooner or later these choices are greater than you

keep these secrets visiting a small town
getting all the lies down every time she lies down
making up the rest
especially if there are no words
well here's to hoping it still hurts
is it wrong i want success for spite

they used to pay you just for thoughts
it was steady work didn't pay a lot
maybe if you sat right down
and thought up ten thousand dreams
you'd make a hundred bucks
but change is quick when it finally comes and
did you miss me or did i miss you completely

pour me out i'm filling and spilling
and sooner or later
she lays me down somewhere
i'm already there

it's pouring inside of here
you don't know 'cause you can't hear me
i have more inside of here than anyone
but i still live a writer's block away

and looking at it this way i'm motivated everyday
then again who is to say that this isn't all my
falling in the cracks again
change is quick when it finally comes
strangers are only strange 'cause they're not you

pour me out i'm filling and spilling
and sooner or later
she lays me down somewhere
i'm already there

it's pouring inside of here
you don't know 'cause you can't hear me

In Case I Forget

Written By: Alex Rosenblatt

just an hour before tomorrow is today
this is the result of getting out of my own way
i left myself all by myself today
and as it turns out as it turns out
it's the suitcase packed with everything i own
it's the saving of these lines until i can make it known
it's the subject change significant to me alone
but as it turns out as it turns out
i'm ok i'm fine
if you never made me hold my own i'd never know what's mine
tell me i'm too difficult i'll challenge you to change my mind my mind

made a note of it i know but did you write it on your hand
it worries me without a pencil i can't make a stand
wouldn't it disgust you if you knew i had this planned all along all along
goodbye don't stay
maybe next time if she's difficult i'll just let her get away
i didn't stay up all night just to be told we shouldn't let things change

you're empty i keep you with me anyway
i can't believe there's any way there's nothing else inside
why tempt me
you've had it with me anyway
now it will be any day you'll make up your mind
open your eyes i know it's early

she's down i'm game
maybe if you knew the truth i wouldn't leave enraged
if i could have a word with you well maybe i could just explain she exclaimed
so go on explain
i can't believe i'm listening to someone so insane
put the final touches on and never once again be the same

Last Year

Written By: Alex Rosenblatt

Remind me to ask you not to let me forget
Remind me to blame it on the world instead
Plan to take another horizontal stand
well I don't mind. I don't mind.
Don't believe all you see
Make believe I'm asleep

Round and round
this point of no return I've got to
Return to somehow, somehow and
Hear me out before you're out of here
but she said
I guess you just should have thought
of this last year

Too little too late too much to ask
for the beautifully mutilated lies to last
so I'll sit here playing with the words the way they play with me
Come play with me

Round and round
this point of no return I've got to
Return to somehow, somehow and
Hear me out before you're out of here
but she said
I guess you just should have thought
of this last year

Don't believe all you see
Make believe I'm asleep
I will sit and play with the words
The way that the words
They play with me

Come To This

Written By: Alex Rosenblatt

You look terrified, but never mind
This loss will buy us time
'Till there's nothing left to sell but our lives

Maybe we were told the truth about
To cut the anchors loose
Don't think I wont call you out
Maybe if it's fully known to me where all your fears are grown
Maybe we can work this out
Building something never supposed to be
But we never could adapt to new technology
She said I hate that it's come to this
I hate that I let it come to this

Never ending shopping trips for dreams and jeans already ripped
I don't believe the temperature's to blame
For making sure your skin will shine and make the shirt stick to your spine
Maybe we'll see different when you file a complaint
Twenty years of learning from mistakes
Still there's no one here to give just what it takes
I could've killed for a taste of this
I hate that I let it come to this but now

You look terrified, but never mind
This loss will buy us time
'Till there's nothing left to sell but our lives

Here's a perfect picture of a bad decision
I could never draw it must be yours
Who's gonna fly if you need perfect vision
And we can't find our way from your bed onto the floor
Who would have thought that just an hour ago
I'd come around I'm fine but with fine wine I'm down
It's not stealing no one notices
And I hate that I let it come to this but now

You look terrified, but never mind
This loss will buy us time
'Till there's nothing left to sell but our lives

Discography

Roof It EP 2002
Summer Sampler 2005
Alex Rosenblatt EP 2006

Set List

Normal Set for Colleges is about an hour, mostly originals with 3 or 4 covers.

Sets for bars and clubs include more covers, and can be as long as 3 hours.

Typical College Set:
We Can Say (Original)
Here We Go (Dispatch)
Come To This (Original)
Window Brain (Original)
You Know My Name (Chris Cornell)
Evaporate (Original)
The Alex Rosenblatt Dance Mix Medley (Radio Pop Medley)
For Spite (Original)
Closet Space (Original)
How To Save A Life (The Fray)
In Case I Forget (Original)

Some Other Covers:
Plush (Stone Temple Pilots)
Desparately Wanting (Better Than Ezra)
Crazy (Gnarles Barkley)
Flake (Jack Johnson)
Live Again (Better Than Ezra)
Hey Hey (Dispatch)
Why Georgia (John Mayer)
Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis)
Melissa (Allman Brothers)
Pinch Me (Barenaked Ladies)
Sugar We're Going Down (Fallout Boy)
The General (Dispatch)
Babylon (David Gray)
Jimi Thing (Dave Matthews Band)
Warning (Guster)
Love Soon (John Mayer)